Le petit Arturo


A political work born from the desire to restore the link between our everyday lives and our society’s political future; by reminding us that History, the story of ages, is comprised of the sum and combination of smaller stories.

For group inquiries and reservations, please contact Philippe Dumas, at philippedumas@pasdepanique.ca

A troupe of actors, joined by a musician and a dancer, attempt to put on a creative performance freely inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s “The resistible rise of Arturo Ui”.

Arturo Ui, an ordinary gangster, will exploit the crisis and municipal corruption in his city to rise in power. His ascension is meteoric.

A metaphor of Al Capone, Arturo Ui is a pretext to remind us of the fragility of democracy and to expose the social mechanisms that make it possible for bloodthirsty dictators to take power.

In the relative comfort of our democracy, with the excess of news and the continuous and spectacular flow of information where speed and quantity too often replace quality and reflection, and where general culture, civic education and critical thought are sometimes neglected due to overspecialization, the temptation can arise in each of us to drop our guard and to take our liberties and rights for granted. When stupefying thoughts alternate with the dangerous cynicism induced by the proliferation of scandals big and small, we should indeed be concerned. Paradoxically, heinous attacks are perpetrated before our very eyes. The horror that these attacks inspire in us is in fact real, but the speed and accumulation of daily news seems to cloud our relationship with time and the past.

Does being constantly informed of fleeting news from everywhere in the world and in every field interfere with my ability to think, to remember, to have a broader perspective on subjects that actually matter to me? Am I still able to filter this flood of information, to place the pieces back in time and to think critically? Is it the artist’s duty to be an informed, involved and politicized citizen in order to do his job? Is this the case for all professions and citizens alike?





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